Donald R. McClarey

Glory Music

We bide our chance, Unhappy, and make terms with Fate A little more to let us wait; He leads for aye the advance, Hope’s forlorn-hopes that plant the desperate good For nobler Earths and days of manlier mood; James Russell

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Donald R. McClarey

Turkey in the Straw

“I have lately made an Experiment in Electricity that I desire never to repeat. Two nights ago being about to kill a Turkey by the Shock from two large Glass Jarrs containing as much electrical fire as forty common Phials,

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Donald R. McClarey

That Old Black Magic

Something for the weekend.  The incomparable Ella Fitzgerald singing That Old Black Magic, which was written in 1942 by Johnny Mercer, with music by Harold Arlen, and which seems appropriate on this pre-Halloween weekend.           It

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Donald R. McClarey

Of Rainy Days and Mondays

    Something for the weekend.  Rainy Days and Mondays (1971).  Lots of rain here in Central Illinois this week as October comes in quite wet.  The Carpenters, siblings Richard and Karen, recorded this song in 1971, and it was

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Donald R. McClarey

How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down On the Farm?

    Something for the weekend.   How Ya Gonna Keep ’em Down On the Farm?  With music by Walter Donaldson and words by Joe Young and Sam M. Lewis, the humorous song became immensely popular in 1919, especially with troops

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Donald R. McClarey

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Something for the weekend.  Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.  Written in 1844 by Henry Alford, a Church of England rector, it quickly became a favorite hymn throughout the English speaking world.   My village of Dwight, Illinois is having its

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Goodbye Broadway, Hello France

  Something for the weekend.  Goodbye Broadway, Hello France.  A century ago the first American units had landed in France, the vanguard of the American Expeditionary Forces that would grow to over two million men.  To commemorate this vast event,

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Donald R. McClarey

Heave Ho My Lads

  Something for the weekend.  Heave Ho My Lads sung by cadets of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.   Labor Day weekend seems a fitting time to recall again the United States Merchant Marine.  The civilian fleet that carries

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Donald R. McClarey

One People

Something for the weekend.  The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The Band.  When I read Civil War history I do not read it in an us v. them spirit.  Everybody involved is an American:  Confederate, Union, black slave. 

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Donald R. McClarey

Homeward Bound

Something for the weekend.  Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel.  My family and I are homeward bound from Indianapolis and Gencon,  Written by Paul Simon in 1964 the song was debuted by the duo in 1966 and made it to

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Joan of Arc, They Are Calling You

I commend you to God; may God watch over you and grant you grace so that you can maintain the good cause of the Kingdom of France. Joan of Arc     Something for the weekend.  Joan of Arc, They

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Grenadier Guards Go Full Sousa

  Something for the weekend.  The British Grenadier Guards give a stirring rendition of Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.  God bless our cousins!

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The Green Leaves of Summer

  Something for the weekend, The Green Leaves of Summer sung by the Lennon Sisters.  Written for the 1960 film The Alamo by Paul Francis Webster, with music by Dimitri Tiomkin.  The song exudes nostalgia and reflection, sentiments not usually

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Poor Kitty Popcorn

  Something for the weekend.  One of the more bizarre songs to arise from our Civil War:  Poor Kitty Popcorn.  Sung by Bobby Horton who has a talent for resurrecting even the most obscure of Civil War tunes.

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Fortnight For Freedom: The Liberty Song

  Something for the weekend.  The Liberty Song.   Written by Founding Father John Dickinson in 1768, the song was sung by patriots in America to the tune of Heart of Oak.  The video below is the most hilarious scene from

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Good-bye Broadway, Hello France

Something for the weekend.  Good-bye Broadway, Hello France.  Like the Civil War, World War I produced endless songs, most of which were never heard of again after the  War was concluded.  Quite popular during the War was Good-bye Broadway, Hello

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You’re Welcome?

  I actually rather like this song about the Polynesian Hercules from Moana, although it would have been improved if Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson could sing.

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Nearer, My God, To Thee

Something for the weekend.  Nearer, My God, to Thee, sung by Mahalia Jackson.  Written in 1841 by Sarah Fuller Flower Adams, it retells the story of Jacob’s Dream.  A hymn of surpassing power in time of grief and loss, it

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The Reluctant Conscript

    Something for the weekend.  The Reluctant Conscript performed by Bobby Horton who has waged a one man crusade to bring Civil War era music to modern audiences.  This song is typical of the type of humorous songs sung

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The Girls Would Cry Shame and They’d Volunteer

    Something for the weekend.  The immortal Tennessee Ernie Ford singing The Why and the Wherefore, a popular marching song for Union troops during the Civil War:

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Stand Up For Uncle Sam My Boys

    Something for the weekend.  Stand Up For Uncle Sam My Boys sung by Bobby Horton who has waged a one man crusade to bring Civil War music to modern audiences.  A pro-Union song written in 1861 by that tireless

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Hail Glorious Saint Patrick

Something for the weekend.  Hail Glorious Saint Patrick.

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America

  Something for the weekend.  America from West Side Story.  Hard to believe that it is 60 years since this updating of Romeo and Juliet was first performed on the stage.  Parts of it are still powerful, especially at the

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Rumadum Dum

  Something for the weekend, Rumadum Dum, the campaign song for the Zachary Taylor campaign in 1848.

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Lincoln and Liberty Too

    The low clown out of the prairies, the ape-buffoon, The small-town lawyer, the crude small-time politician, State-character but comparative failure at forty In spite of ambition enough for twenty Caesars, Honesty rare as a man without self-pity, Kindness

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God Bless the USA

    It is thought by many, and said by some, that this republic has already seen its best days; that the historian may now write the story of its decline and fall. Two classes of men are just now

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Less of Me

Something for the weekend.  Less of Me sung by the Statler Brothers.  I heard this song sung by the Statler Brothers endlessly back in the early seventies as my parents had the radio on in the kitchen tuned,  as always,

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Courage

  Something for the weekend:  Heart of Courage.     We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice. Whenever we have almost succeeded in doing so, the Enemy permits a war or an earthquake or some other calamity,

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Werewolves in Congress

  Something for the weekend.  Appropriate both for Halloween and the political season:  Werewolves in Congress.  A political parody song by Paul Shanklin in the nineties.

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The Dream of Flight

Something for the weekend. Sogno di Volare, The Dream of Flight, the theme song of the game Civilization VI that was released yesterday.  (Be still my geek heart!)  I know what will be occupying my weekend!

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Canon in D

  Something for the weekend.  A nice mild October Saturday after a not uneventful week in the law mines  Time to celebrate with Pachelbel’s Canon in D.  Perhaps the greatest of the middle Baroque composers, Johann Pachelbel enjoyed enormous popularity

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Missouri Waltz

    Something for the weekend.  Missouri Waltz.  Published in 1914, the melody was by John Valentine Eppel, arrangement by Frederic Knight Logan, with James Royce Shannon supplying the lyrics.  Initially the song sold poorly, but its popularity increased over

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Tippecanoe and Tyler Too

    Something for the weekend.  Tippecanoe and Tyler Too!  The 1840 campaign for President was considered to be an insult to intelligence by more than a few observers.  The Whigs put up a military hero of the War of

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